Summer Fun Run-Big Bear

Friday, August 2, 2019 8am to Sunday, August 4, 2019 3pm

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Friday, August 16, 2019 2:46pm
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       Madgas here. I'll be leading a group through Holcolmb Creek on Saturday.  Early Fryday we might do Gold Mountain  depending on how shows up and when. I should be set up by 10ish.  

More info to follow.

We have a summer fun run to Big Bear coming in August.  We have the Tanglewood group camp provided to us free of charge though Ranger Greg of the Forest Service.  The site will accomodate up to 40 people.  Due to the parking issues, we will not be able to accomodate any RVs.  Those who don't wish to tent camp could consider getting a motel in town, take your RV to antother campground or just come up for the activities on Saturday. The campground has tables, bbq and vault toilets.  NO WATER, the closest showers are at Serrano Campground, 8 miles away.  

Those arriving early on Friday could run some local trails after setting up camp.  Depending on the size of the group, we will make available 2 types of trails for Saturday's runs.  One would be a more scenic and less difficult.  We're looking for someone to lead an easy run for those who don't want to do Holcomb creek  

The club will be providing hot dogs and hamburgers for Saturdays dinner.  We could consider a pot luck for salads, beans, dessert etc.  We will have more information on that.

 We would like to set up games horseshoes, corn hole etc in camp for some additional fun.

We would like this to be a fun event and encourage you to bring spouses, significant others and kids.

When signing up, make sure you let us know how many will be attending so we can be prepared with food.


Rig & Run Details

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Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550 Mhz

Difficulty: 2

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendezvous at: Trailhead/Campsite

Take I-10 east to the 210 North to 330 going to Running Springs. At Runnung Spring continue East on 18 to the Big Bear dam and turn left onto the 38. Go 9.3 miles along the North side of the lake to Van Dusen Canyon Rd (3N09) and turn left. Go 3.9 miles North to Holcomb Valley Rd (3N16) and turn right. Go 1.9 miles East to 3N79 and turn right. Camp is 0.6 miles at the end of the road.

For those folks who want to go on an easy to moderate scenic run on Saturday see meeting details below.


Updated Friday Morning:
Greg "WE4BY" Unruh here. I will be leading the "Scenic" run on Saturday. My wife Maura will be riding with me. We will drive up from San Clemente Saturday morning. I expect to arrive at Tanglewood campground in time to get organized for a 9 am start. We will return to the campground for fun and food following the run, and then drive home Saturday night.

This will be an easy out and back run on forest road 3N16, which starts out as Holcomb Valley Road. This is about 22 miles of graded road with a few bumpy patches, easily driven without high clearance or 4WD. If our timing is right, we might see the Holcomb Creek group trying to exit the boulder field where the roads connect at the west end.

If anyone needs to leave early, the west end of the road is very close to Green Valley Lake, which is just east of Running Springs. You could head home from there.

If anyone is arriving very late, they could drive toward Green Valley Lake, take a left on Crab Flats Road / 2N13 about half a mile before the lake, and meet us on the trail. I can't guarantee where and what time we will turn around, but if you get onto 2N13 before 10:30, you should be OK. Depending on channel crowding, we may switch frequencies, but I have a dual frequency receiver, and will continue to monitor 146.55. Keep calling WE4BY until I respond. Of course, text me at 949-436-0559, and let me know your plans, so I know to listen for you.



LATITUDE:  34°10'14.71"N

LONGITUDE:  116°49'47.43"W

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Participants (16 of 20 spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
06/11/19Rendevous00Trail Boss
thumbnailSpo Daddy
YJ Wrangler
thumbnail 07/05/19Rendezvous11 
thumbnailRogue one
JK Rubicon
Richard R. Monetti
2013 Lexus GX460
07/08/19Rendezvous04My wife and I are looking forward to this event! She will be driving her 4x4 also.
Regina Monetti
Toyota Tacoma 4x4
TRD off-road
07/11/19Rendezvous10Leading Saturday "scenic" run. My wife Maura will be passenger Will be staying in a local hotel
Doug King
Doug’s Jeep
07/12/19Rendezvous00Just my lonely little self??
thumbnailJeep Daddy
Rubicon Wrangler
thumbnailMy Wave
07/19/19Trail Head10 
JLU Rubicn
07/24/19Rendezvous10Gina And I will be there. Sat and Sunday, not sure about Friday yet.
Sean Carlson
JKU Rubicon
07/24/19See Comments22Friday night at camp
Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
08/01/19Rendezvous24Maybe coming and bringing my wife Bianca. Working late on Friday shooting for the scenic trail
08/02/19Rendezvous00Will meet Saturday morning and stay for the day only.
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